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Cybersecurity careers and awareness in federal government: Q&A with a cyber professional

October 8, 2019 | Updated on October 21, 2020

Each October, we recognize National Cybersecurity Awareness Month to highlight the importance of cybersecurity and encourage the public to safeguard themselves against cyber threats. 

As the number of cyber attacks increases, our government needs strong cybersecurity talent to help protect the public. To learn more about cybersecurity careers in the federal government, we spoke with Austin Cusak, senior talent and innovation officer, at the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency at the Department of Homeland Security. 

Watch highlights from this interview below.

First, what work do you do in your position at DHS?

What is it like working in a federal agency on cybersecurity issues?

Next question: What is most fulfilling about your job?

Why is there a great need for entry-level cybersecurity talent (and awareness) in government?

Finally, what advice would you give to someone right out of school starting their cybersecurity career?

To learn more about the Partnership’s work to support the federal government’s cybersecurity initiatives, read this statement on our collaboration with private industry to protect against cyberattacks. You can also read more about the Cybersecurity Talent Initiative.